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John 17:2

    John 17:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    even as thou gavest him authority over all flesh, that to all whom thou hast given him, he should give eternal life.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Even as you gave him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all those whom you have given to him.

    Webster's Revision

    even as thou gavest him authority over all flesh, that to all whom thou hast given him, he should give eternal life.

    World English Bible

    even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    even as thou gavest him authority over all flesh, that whatsoever thou hast given him, to them he should give eternal life.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 17:2

    As thou hast given him power - As the Messiah, Jesus Christ received from the Father universal dominion. All flesh, i.e. all the human race, was given unto him, that by one sacrifice of himself, he might reconcile them all to God; having by his grace tasted death for every man, Hebrews 2:9. And this was according to the promise of the universal inheritance made to Christ, Psalm 2:8, which was to be made up of the heathen, and the uttermost parts of the land, all the Jewish people. So that he got all from God, that he might give his life a ransom for the whole. See 2 Corinthians 5:14, 2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:4, 1 Timothy 2:6.

    That he should have eternal life, etc. - As all were delivered into his power, and he poured out his blood to redeem all, then the design of God is that all should have eternal life, because all are given for this purpose to Christ; and, that this end might be accomplished, he has become their sacrifice and atonement.

    Barnes' Notes on John 17:2

    As thou hast given him power - It was on the ground of this power given to Christ that the apostles were commanded to go and teach all nations. See the notes at Matthew 28:18-19.

    All flesh - All men, Matthew 24:22; Luke 3:6.

    That he should give eternal life - See the notes at John 5:24.

    To as many as thou hast given him - See the notes at John 10:16; John 6:37. To all on whom the Father has purposed to bestow the blessings of redemption through his Son. God has a plan in all he does, extending to men as well as to other objects. One part of his plan was that the atonement of Christ should not be in vain. Hence he promised him that he should see of the travail of his soul and should be satisfied Isaiah 53:11; and hence the Saviour had the assurance that the Father had given him a portion of the human family, and would apply this great work to them. It is to be observed here that the Saviour in this prayer makes an important distinction between "all flesh" and those who were "given to him." He has power over all. He can control, direct, restrain them. Wicked men are so far under his universal dominion, and so far restrained by his power, that they will not be able to prevent his bestowing redemption on those were given him that is, all who will believe on him. Long ago, if they had been able, they would have banished religion from the world; but they are under the power of Christ, and it is his purpose that there shall be "a seed to serve him," and that "the gates of hell shall not prevail" against his church. Men who oppose the gospel should therefore feel that they cannot prevent the salvation of Christians, and should be alarmed lest they be found "fighting against God."

    Wesley's Notes on John 17:2

    17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh - This answers to glorify thy Son. That he may give eternal life, and c. - This answers to that thy Son may glorify thee. To all whom thou hast given him - To all believers. This is a clear proof that Christ designed his sacrifice should avail for all: yea, that all flesh, every man, should partake of everlasting life. For as the Father had given him power over all flesh, so he gave himself a ransom for all.